Regina (Maud) v Castle Point Borough Council: CA 2 Oct 2002

The council decided after consultation and advice to issue licences for hackney carriages, removing the limit on the number of such licences, and allowing Hackney Carriages vehicles to pick up passengers from cab ranks. The taxi owners sought to challenge the decision by way of judicial review.
Held: The section allowed the council to restrict the number of licences, only if satisfied that there was no unmet need. The council had not taken into account any irrelevant or improper matter, and the review was refused. The imposition of restrictions on some licences would create a second class system, and the council was correct not to do this.


Lords Justice Kennedy, Buxton and Keene


Gazette 13-Mar-2003


Transport Act 1985 16, Town Police Clauses Act 1847


England and Wales

Licensing, Road Traffic, Local Government

Updated: 28 April 2022; Ref: scu.177491